Prepping for Brooklyn Airbnb Half: Week One

I’m officially done with week one of half marathon training! I’m using the Hal Higdon intermediate program, which is a 12 week program. I used his novice 2 marathon program when I trained for the Madison Marathon and loved it, so I decided to go with another one of his programs for this upcoming half.

I like his programs because 1) The mileage isn’t crazy, 2) I only have to run 4 -5 times a week, which is ideal for me since I have a history of injuries (knee problems and a stress reaction in my ankle), and 3) The runs aren’t ambiguous. I don’t like when programs have several types of training runs, like tempo, fartlek, hill, or interval runs. They’re overwhelming, and I’m always unsure if I’m doing them at the right pace, resting the right amount of time in between sprints, or climbing steep enough hills. I’d rather follow a program that tells me how many miles to run and that’s all. This program does have alternating interval and tempo runs once a week, but they’re both pretty straightforward (and short), so I don’t mind.

Week one called for about 16.5 miles of running, but I ended up with about 20 miles… oops. I couldn’t help myself! I’ve been averaging about 25 miles a week for the past couple of months, so it felt strange to decrease mileage while training for a race. I did a couple of the 3 milers on the treadmill at the gym because I’m trying to incorporate 3 days of conditioning into my training as well. I also did the interval run on the treadmill, since it’s easier to track my pace that way.

Here’s a breakdown of my week:

Monday: 3 miles on treadmill, followed by 30 minutes of core work out

Tuesday: 2.5 miles speed work on treadmill, followed by 30-35 minutes of lower body work out

Wednesday: Bike 30 minutes (about 10.5 mi), followed by 30 minutes of upper body work out

Thursday: 5 mile run outside

Friday: rest

Saturday: 6 mile run outside

Sunday: 3 mile run outside.

I’m also going to start Kayla Itsine’s BBG workout program next week because I’m getting bored with my strength workouts. For those who are unfamiliar with Kayla, she is an Australian woman who became Instagram famous by posting her workout routines, client before & after photos, and inspirational quotes on her account. She now has over 4.5 million Instagram followers and has sold her program to more than 1,000,000 people. Her Instagram is filled with photos of impressive results from people who use her program, and it seems fun and effective so I’m going to give it a shot. (I’m also aware that she only posts photos of women with great results, but still! I can’t help but be tempted!)  It’s a 12 week program, so I probably should have started last week so it matched up with my half marathon training, but oh well.

You can follow along with my daily meals, workouts and other random life things on my Instagram @RunningVeganNyc if you want more updates :)

Have you simultaneously trained for a race and used a strength training program? What was it like for you?

Who else is training for the Brooklyn Airbnb Half?

Let me know in the comments!

3 thoughts on “Prepping for Brooklyn Airbnb Half: Week One

  1. Hi Anna, I’ve just discovered you IG account and found it very inspirational. Im also a long distance runner, I was going to run NYC Marathon 2015 but unfortunately my Tous operator cancelled the trip 2 months before the race :( i was very upset.
    Im from Spain and Ive run Barcelona Marathon twice (this one is great, my fave one!), also Madrid and San Sebastian. My personal best is 3:40
    When I train for a Marathon I use to run 4-5 times per week, weekdays I run 10-15 kms and weekends I run 22-25 kms. I also practise Pilates and do some Core workout, I know it’s not a great training program but it Works for me.
    Keep on training hard girl, good luck!

    Rosa @rosvegmar

    1. Thanks so much Rosa!!! That’s amazing you’ve done 3 marathons!! I definitely want to run one in Spain one day, I love Barcelona :) Your workouts sound great! Are you training for another marathon anytime soon?? Thanks for following along, much love <3

      1. Hi there! Actually I’ve run more tan 3 marathons, I love running very long distances. At the moment I’m no training for any race, just running for pleasure.
        We keep in touch and how knows? maybe one day we can run together a Marathon ;)

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